Speaker Simonyan, Czechia Chamber of Deputies President discuss Azerbaijan normalization


YEREVAN, JANUARY 31, ARMENPRESS. Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Alen Simonyan has met with visiting President of the Chamber of Deputies of Czechia Markéta Pekarová Adamová.

Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting on Wednesday, Simonyan said they discussed the processes taking place in the South Caucasus.

“We also discussed the development of relations between our countries, the trade turnover, as well as cooperation in various international platforms. At a one-on-one meeting with Ms. Adamova we discussed regional issues and the normalization with our neighbor Azerbaijan. As you know, our guest will then travel to our neighboring country from here. We had discussions about that too. I’d like to once again say that I am happy to welcome my colleague here,” Simonyan said.

Iran’s Kharrazi discusses ties with Armenia prime minister

MEHR News Agency
Iran – Jan 30 2024

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (MNA) – The Head of Iran's Foreign Policy Strategic Council Kamal Kharrazi met and held talks with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, discussing the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Armenian Prime Minister emphasized the importance of Kharrazi's visit to Armenia and expressed confidence that it will give a new impetus to the further development and strengthening of Armenia-Iran relations.

According to the Armenian prime minister's website, Nikol Pashinyan noted that they agreed with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran to take consistent steps in the direction of continuously increasing the volume of trade turnover. At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that he fondly remembers the meeting with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and asked Kharrazi to convey his warm greetings.

The two sides discussed various issues related to the Armenia-Iran cooperation agenda, which related to political and economic relations, cooperation in energy, infrastructure, and other fields, and implementation of joint projects.

The sides exchanged ideas on issues related to security and stability in the South Caucasus.


Turkish Press: Ani: Türkiye-Armenia border gem beckons tourists year-round with winter beauty

Daily Sabah
Turkish – Jan 29 2024

Located in the middle of two deep, narrow gorges in the Arpaçay district, the archaeological site of Ani has hosted different cultures and civilizations for years on the Türkiye-Armenia border.

Established on an area of approximately 100 hectares, the site, where dozens of civilizations have thrived throughout history alongside Turks, saw at least six languages spoken between 970-1320, including Armenian, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Georgian and Persian, with Christians and Muslims living side by side.

The ancient city, which also houses Islamic architectural works and is included in UNESCO's World Heritage List, attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists throughout the year.

Tourists visiting Ani, known as the "City of the World," "Cradle of Civilizations," "City of a Thousand Churches" and "City with Forty Gates," have the opportunity to visit works such as the "Ebul Menucehr Mosque," "Amenaprgich Church," "Ani," "Ani Cathedral," "Dikran Honentz Church" and "Abugamir Pahlavuni Church."

Ani, the first destination for tourists arriving in the city by the Eastern Express and Touristic Eastern Express departing from Ankara, is currently welcoming its guests with its beauty covered in white snow.

The archaeological site, where historical buildings are covered with snow, is also heavily visited during winter.

Neşe Yazıcı, who came from Aydın, said she was amazed by Ani, which was covered in white snow. Expressing her admiration for the region, Yazıcı said: "Ani is a unique place, it has a very different atmosphere, it has its own charm."

She also added: "I came here to feel this. I wanted to walk around and feel how time passes. I saw how rich our country is, with Ani being a cultural mosaic. Seeing intertwined cultures and beliefs together made me very happy. I think we live in a very special geography. It's very nice to have felt this."

Armenia-Georgia trade exceeded $1 billion: Garibashvili


YEREVAN, JANUARY 26, ARMENPRESS. The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, summarizing the results of the intergovernmental meeting on Armenia-Georgia economic cooperation, noted that issues related to the cooperation of the two countries in various directions were discussed during the session

"We had a session of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, where we discussed important issues related to trade relations. It should be noted that trade relations between our countries are developing, the amount of trade has exceeded the $1 billion threshold. Armenia is the third largest trading partner and the second biggest investment country for Georgia. Last year, we had almost one million tourists from Armenia, which is important for the economic development of our country," Garibashvili said.

According to him, the two countries are not only neighbors, but also historically very strong allies and friends.

"The governments of the two countries are called to further deepen our trade and economic relations," noted the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili.

RFE/RL Armenian Service – 01/22/2024


Pashinian Ready For More ‘Guarantees’ To Azerbaijan

        • Robert Zargarian
        • Naira Bulghadarian

Russia - Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol 
Pashinian are seen during a visit to the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, 
December 26, 2023.

Armenia is ready to formally pledge not to have any territorial claims to 
Azerbaijan in the future, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said over the weekend.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev demanded such guarantees in early December, 
saying that an Armenian-Azerbaijani peace treaty would not be enough to preclude 
another war between the two countries. Aliyev did not elaborate on the 
safeguards against Armenian “revanchism” that would satisfy him.

Pashinian was understood to express readiness to meet this demand if Baku 
recognizes Armenia’s territorial integrity through that treaty “without any 

“We expect from Azerbaijan guarantees that Azerbaijan does not want to leave 
grounds, between the lines, for future territorial claims to Armenia,” Pashinian 
told senior members of his party in southeastern Vayots Dzor province. “We want 
such guarantees. But I must also say we are ready to give [Azerbaijan] such 

“This should be a mutual action. It cannot be unilateral for us or for them,” he 

Pashinian made the remarks one day after declaring that Armenia must adopt a new 
constitution reflecting the “new geopolitical environment” in the region. That 
was widely construed as a further indication that he wants to get rid of a 
preamble to the current Armenian constitution enacted in 1995.

The preamble makes reference to a 1990 declaration of independence adopted by 
the republic’s first post-Communist parliament. The declaration in turn refers 
to a 1989 unification act adopted by the legislative bodies of Soviet Armenia 
and the then Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast. It also calls for international 
recognition of the 1915 genocide of Armenians “in Ottoman Turkey and Western 

Five lawmakers representing the main opposition Hayastan alliance issued a joint 
statement on Friday night condemning Pashinian’s plans for the new constitution.

“Pashinian is trying to launch a new attack on one of the pillars of the Third 
Republic of Armenia, preparing the ground for meeting another of the nonstop 
Turkish-Azerbaijani demands,” they charged.

Armenia - Opposition deputy Kristine Vartanian speaks during the government's 
question-and-answer session in parliament, April 13, 2022.

“What regional changes have left Armenia needing a change of its constitution?” 
one of those lawmakers, Kristine Vartanian, said. “The biggest change is the 
establishment of Azerbaijani control over Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). 
[Pashinian] is openly telling us that our constitution must also reflect this 

Pashinian recognized Azerbaijani sovereignty over Karabakh months before Baku 
recaptured the region as a result of the September military offensive that 
forced its population to flee to Armenia. The Armenian opposition says the 
recognition paved the way for the assault.

Vartanian and other signatories of the statement were recently allowed by the 
Armenian Foreign Ministry to read Azerbaijani proposals regarding the peace 
treaty currently discussed by the two sides. They said afterwards that Baku is 
seeking the kind of agreement that would leave the door open to future 
territorial claims to Armenia.

Some Armenian officials have made the same claims. Foreign Minister Ararat 
Mirzoyan spoke on January 10 of “some regression” in the Azerbaijani position on 
the treaty.

Earlier this month, Aliyev renewed his demands for Armenia to open an 
extraterritorial corridor to Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan exclave. He also demanded 
Armenian withdrawal from “eight Azerbaijani villages” and again dismissed 
Yerevan’s insistence on using the most recent Soviet maps to delimit the 
Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Pashinian on January 13 said Aliyev’s demands amount to territorial claims to 
Armenia and accused Baku of undermining prospects for the signing of the peace 
accord. Still, a few days later, he expressed hope that Azerbaijan is committed 
to making peace with Armenia. He went on to make the latest overtures to Baku.

EU Cocerned About Azeri ‘Territorial Claims’ To Armenia

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, right, speaks with Belgium's 
Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in 
Brussels, .

The European Union on Monday expressed serious concern at what its foreign 
policy chief described as territorial claims to Armenia made by Azerbaijani 
President Ilham Aliyev.

“We agreed that Azerbaijan needs to return to substantive peace and 
normalization talks with Armenia,” Josep Borrell said after chairing a meeting 
of the foreign ministers of EU member states that discussed the 
Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict among other issues.

“The latest territorial claims by President Aliyev are very concerning, and any 
violation of Armenia’s territorial integrity would be unacceptable and will have 
severe consequences for our relations with Azerbaijan,” he told a news briefing 
in Brussels.

Earlier this month, Aliyev renewed his demands for Armenia to open an 
extraterritorial corridor to Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan exclave. He also demanded 
Armenian withdrawal from “eight Azerbaijani villages” and again dismissed 
Yerevan’s insistence on using the most recent Soviet maps to delimit the 
Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Borrell issued the same warning to Baku in November as the EU decided to deploy 
more observers to Armenia’s volatile border with Azerbaijan. The 27-nation bloc 
launched the monitoring mission in February 2023 with the stated aim of 
preventing or reducing ceasefire violations there.

Aliyev twice cancelled talks with Pashinian which the EU planned to host in 
October. Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov similarly withdrew from a 
meeting with his Armenian counterpart scheduled for November 20 in Washington. 
Baku accused the Western powers of pro-Armenian bias. It now wants to negotiate 
with Yerevan without third-party mediation.

Government Moves To Allow Minority Rule In Armenia

        • Ruzanna Stepanian

Armenia - Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian chairs a weekly cabinet meeting in 
Yerevan, February 9, 2023.

Armenia’s prime minister and their cabinet should no longer necessarily enjoy 
the backing of the parliamentary majority, according to constitutional reform 
proposed by the country’s Minsitry of Justice.

The current Armenian constitution requires the government to have a “stable 
majority” in the National Assembly, meaning that the prime minister has to be 
backed by most parliament deputies. It envisages a second round of voting in 
cases where up to three parties or blocs fail to form a majority government as a 
result of a general election.

A reform “concept” submitted by the Ministry of Justice to Prime Minister Nikol 
Pashinian’s office earlier this month would the abolish this requirement and 
make it much easier for a political force winning the plurarity of votes to come 
to power. It claims that “stability can cause political and economic stagnation.”

The document obtained by RFE/RL’s Armenian Service on Monday proposes two ways 
of forming a minority government. One option is for the largely ceremonial 
president of the republic is to appoint the leader of the political force that 
won most votes but fell short of a parliamentarity majority as prime minister.

Alternatively, the parliament itself would pick the premier through a plurality 
voting system. A similar system is already in place in Yerevan. It enabled 
Pashinian’s Civil Contract party to install its top candidate as mayor following 
municipal elections held in September.

In what is widely considered a serious setback, Civil Contract fell well short 
of an absolute majority in the city council empowered to appoint the mayor. The 
ruling party capitalized on opposition contenders’ failure to quickly agree on a 
common mayoral candidate.

Armenian opposition groups refrained from commenting on this proposed 
arrangement, saying that they have not yet seen the Ministry of Justice 
document. At least some opposition figures are bound to say that Pashinian is 
simply trying to make sure that he can cling to power despite a serious decline 
in his popularity.

Pashinian said Armenia must have a new constitution when met with senior 
Ministry of Justice officials late last week. Commenting on the wisdom of such a 
change, he made no mention of domestic politics and cited instead the need to 
ensure country’s “external security” in the “new geopolitical environment” in 
the region.

Pashinian has repeatedly called for constitutional changes and made conflicting 
statements about them during his nearly six-year rule. Two years ago, he set up 
a new body tasked with coordinating the constitutional reform process. The body 
now headed by Justice Minister Grigor Minasian has still not drafted any 
constitutional amendments. It is not clear whether it approves of the document 
put forward by Minasian’s ministry.

Russian-Armenian Arms Supply Issues ‘Mostly Settled’

        • Shoghik Galstian

Russia - Military vehicles move toward Red Square to attend a Victory Day 
military parade in Moscow, May 9, 2023.

The Armenian Defense Ministry signaled on Monday significant progress in the 
implementation of multimillion-dollar defense contracts signed by Armenia and 
Russia after the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a short statement to RFE/RL’s Armenian Service, the ministry said that 
“contentious issues” with Russian arms manufacturers have been “mostly settled.” 
Some of those issues remain unresolved, though, it added without giving any 

The statement did not explicitly refer to the contracts for the delivery of 
Russian weapons worth $400 million, according to Armenian officials. The latter 
repeatedly complained last year that the Armenian military has still not 
received any of those weapons.

Two senior Armenian lawmakers revealed earlier this month that Russia has 
shipped the first batch of that military hardware. But they did not specify the 
types of weaponry commissioned and/or received by Yerevan.

Russia’s ambassador to Armenia, Sergei Kopyrkin, acknowledged late last month 
“issues” in the implementation of Russian-Armenian arms deals. He implied that 
Russian defense companies have not fulfilled their contractual obligations on 
time because of having to manufacture more weapons for the Russian military 
embroiled in the continuing war with Ukraine.

Russia has long been Armenia’s principal supplier of weapons and ammunition. The 
South Caucasus nation has acquired them at domestic Russian prices, set below 
international market-based levels, and even for free.

With no end in sight to the war in Ukraine and tensions between Moscow and 
Yerevan continuing to grow, the Armenian government is increasingly looking for 
other arms suppliers. Since September 2022 it has reportedly signed a number of 
defense contracts with India worth at least $400 million. In October 2023, it 
also signed two arms deals with France.

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Armenian film makes Oscar shortlist for first time

Jan 15 2024

A heart-warming story of a man jailed for wearing a tie has become the first Armenian film to make it onto the Oscar’s shortlist, in the international feature category.

“Most of the films that have been made about Armenia really tend to revolve around the genocide. I wanted to make a film that would be enjoyable for Armenians and something that could relate to non-Armenians,” said U.S. actor Michael A. Goorjian, who has directed and written the film. He also stars in it.

Shot in Armenia with a mostly local cast and crew, “Amerikatsi” (American in Armenian) is also an attempt to rebuild the country’s film industry, which lost its way after independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

“What the film is about is survival and resilience. Despite the setting, it’s very hopeful and playful,” said Goorjian, whose late father was Armenian.

It tells the story of Charlie, an American who repatriates to then Soviet Armenia after World War Two and finds himself in prison because of his tie.

From his cell, Charlie realises he can see inside an apartment nearby and lives vicariously through the life of the couple there.

Making the film was itself a test of resourcefulness.

Filming, interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, took about seven months to complete, wrapping in July 2020 as border clashes broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“We had cast and crew that went and fought in that war. And so it was a challenge to make this film for sure. But all the obstacles we faced, I would say actually made it a better film,” Goorjian said.

As international tensions and economic downturn dominate the headlines, “Amerikatsi”, which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2022, has tapped into a human need for positivity.

“I’ve found with the film, people come up to me all the time and say ‘I miss feeling this way after a movie, feeling good’,” Goorjian said.

He will find out if “Amerikatsi” has made it from the shortlist and onto the 2024 Academy Awards nominations on Jan. 23.



Armenian Defense Minister, NATO Secretary-General’s envoy discuss partnership


YEREVAN, JANUARY 19, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Minister of Defense Suren Papikyan has held a meeting with Javier Colomina, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.

In a readout, the Ministry of Defense said the discussions "focused on the current course of the Armenia-NATO partnership and the prospects for its development."

"Additionally, the deliberations extended to encompass various matters on regional security and mutual interests," the ministry added.

Armenian refugees face a bitter winter and a threat to their Christian heritage

Jan 19 2024
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Fleeing Armenian refugees seek help to reclaim their homeland and preserve their Christian history

The 100,000 Armenians who fled en masse after Azerbaijan seized control of Nagorno-Karabakh – the enclave known to Armenians as Artsakh – last September are now facing a bitter winter as homeless refugees in Armenia.

They and their Church leaders are urgently seeking Canada’s and the international community’s help in reclaiming their homeland and retrieving their Christian history and heritage in Artsakh, which they fear is being deliberately destroyed by Azerbaijan.

Grieving the loss of their beloved homeland, and haunted by fears of an erasure of their 1,700-year-old history as a Christian nation in Artsakh, their collective anguish can only be described by the Welsh word “hiraeth” (a mixture of yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness and an intense longing for a lost homeland.)

“It’s now over three months since I lost my home,” Siranush Sargsyan, from Stepanakert, Artsakh’s capital, told me. “At the beginning (of the exodus), most people were relieved to be still alive. But now we are going through another stage. We can’t accept the reality that we can’t go back home.”

Sargsyan is an Armenian journalist who has documented through her own experience the persecution and ethnic cleansing of her people by Azerbaijan. Like the thousands who fled Artsakh, she now lives as a refugee in Armenia.

Archbishop Papken Tcharian, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Canada, and Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern U.S., appealed to political leaders and the worldwide Christian community for help.

“I appeal to fellow Christian churches to raise their voice and support Armenia, the first nation to adopt Christianity in the year 301 AD as a state religion,” said Tcharian. “Otherwise, the confiscated churches, monasteries and khachkars (Armenian crosses) of Artsakh will be desecrated by Azerbaijan, and the authorities of Baku will distort the history of Armenian Christian Artsakh. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’”

Tanielian exhorted the international community to take a lesson from past genocides, including that of Armenians in 1915, and from the ongoing persecution of Christians elsewhere, to stop the aggressors’ actions before it’s too late.

“The best and most effective step the international community and Canada can take, without any delay, is to put into practice the same measures that they usually apply to despots: freezing all the assets of the corrupt government of Azerbaijan; establishing sanctions over their resources, and implementing all resolutions by international bodies,” he said.

He called on Canada to take a leading role in helping to restore the rights of the people of Artsakh.

“The Canadian government is well-positioned to play an important role in this regard,” he said. “It provided a substantial amount of money via the Red Cross in the first days after the forced evacuation – better to say ‘ethnic cleansing’ or even ‘genocidal attempt’ – of the population of Artsakh.”

He praised Canada’s role in stopping the sale of arms in 2022 to Azerbaijan’s allies that are “bent on erasing the Christian presence in the land of Mount Ararat.” (The mountain where Noah’s Ark is believed to have come to rest).

The sense of loss washed over Sargsyan and her countrymen with particular intensity on Jan. 6 when Armenians – most of whom belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, an Orthodox Christian denomination – celebrated Christmas.

“Today is Armenian Christmas, and it’s very important to celebrate it at home with family and friends,” she said. “But now we don’t have a home – a homeland, yes, but not a home.”

Christmas, even under bombardment, is preferable to one without a home, she continued.

“Last year, we celebrated Christmas under siege,” she said. “And we thought it was the most difficult ever, but this year is even worse.”

The destruction of their tangible Christian heritage, and the fear of erasure of their 1,700-year history in Artsakh caused by Azerbaijan’s revisionist policies, is another source of excruciating pain, she emphasized.

“One year ago, Christmas was under siege in Artsakh, but at least in the homeland. Now our churches in Artsakh stand silent, devoid of prayers and liturgy,” Sargsyan said.

“We have not only lost our homeland, our homes, memories, but also the cultural heritage of our millennial history,” she continued, adding that dozens of churches, as well as tens of thousands of khachkars and tombstones, have been razed to the ground.

She misses the beauty of the landscape, the rhythm of life in the village where she grew up and the iconic Amaras monastery, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world.

“I grew up near the Amaras monastery built in the fourth century where Mesro Mashtots, the monk, opened the first Armenian school and developed the Armenian alphabet,” she said. “It’s in the Amaras valley and surrounded by mulberry orchards and vineyards, where we worked and eagerly waited for the autumn harvest. It was a family tradition, which we have also lost. All our memories and traditions have been destroyed.”

Although warmly received by her compatriots in Armenia, she, like other refugees, is grappling with financial problems and physical hardship since arriving with little more than the clothes on their backs.

“If we were lucky, we could bring some documents but not much else. The government (of Armenia) and some international organizations provide some help, but it’s nowhere near enough for our basic needs,” she said.

The onset of winter, the lack of winter clothing and fuel for heating homes, not to mention inflated rental prices due to the influx of Russian refugees escaping the war with Ukraine, are multiplying the burdens of a traumatized community, she added.

Susan Korah is an Ottawa-based journalist. This article was submitted by The Catholic Register.

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Asbarez: Crescenta Valley Center to Host Lecture on Cultural Genocide

The Educational Committee of the Crescenta Valley Meher & Satig Der Ohanessian Youth Center will host a lecture on Thursday, January 25 titled, ”Cultural Genocide, The History and the Future of Armenian Heritage Sites in Artsakh,” presented by Dr. Marco Brambilla.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Crescenta Valley Youth Center, located at 2633 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020.

This presentation addresses the reality of the future of Armenian historical monuments in Artsakh after the Azerbaijani take-over. There are over 1500 registered historical, Armenian heritage sites in this area, dating back from early Christianity to date.

After the Armenia- Azerbaijan wars, these monuments are being systematically destroyed by the Azeris, and history is re-written by a special department of the Azerbaijan government.
Dr. Marco G. Brambilla is a practicing architect and an architectural historian specializing in the history of Islamic and Armenian architecture. He has taught and lectured extensively in major schools of architecture worldwide.

As a specialist in preservation of historic monuments, he has taught architectural conservation and its adaptive reuse in Italy, the United States and Iran. As the chair of the Department of Preservation of Historic Monuments, at the National University of Iran, he was the project architect of several major restoration projects in Iran and in cooperation with the University of Milan, Dr. Brambilla organized and identified over 230 unknown Armenian churches in the northern provinces of Iran.

Asbarez: Literary Lights 2024: A Reading Series Featuring New Works by Armenian Authors

IALA’s Literary Lights monthly reading series graphic

The International Armenian Literary Alliance, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center will host “Literary Lights 2024,” their second annual monthly reading series featuring new works of literature by Armenian authors. Each event—held online—will feature a writer reading from their work, followed by a discussion with an interviewer and audience members.

Keep an eye on IALA’s website and socials for the exact dates of each event. Click here to read along with the series by purchasing titles from IALA’s online bookstore powered by Bookshop.

Register to attend the launch of Literary Lights 2024, featuring Tololyan Literary Prize recipient Aida Zilelian, author of “All the Ways We Lied.” Zilelian will be joined by Nancy Agabian, author of “Princess Freak” (2000), “Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter” (2008), and the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction finalist, “The Fear of Large and Small Nations” (2023). The event will take place on Zoom on January 27 at 9 a.m. PST.

By turns heartfelt and heart-wrenching, “All the Ways We Lied” introduces a cast of tragically flawed but lovable characters on the brink of unraveling. With humor and compassion, this spellbinding tale explores the fraught and contradictory landscape of sisterhood, introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common, and are bound by blood and history. Learn more about the novel and author online.

Authors featured on Literary Lights 2024:

  • Tololyan Literary Prize recipient Aida Zilelian explores the reality of love and loss in the everyday lives of a modern-day Armenian family in her forthcoming novel, “All the Ways We Lied.” Available at: Bookshop.org, Abril Books, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kew & Willow Books, and Astoria Bookshop. Learn more here.
  • Selected by Barnes & Noble as their book-of-the-month for October, Ariel Djanikian’s newly-released “The Prospectors” is a sweeping rags-to-riches story of survival and greed across American history following a family transformed by the Klondike Gold Rush. Available at: Bookshop.org, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HarperCollins, and Kobo. Learn more here.
  • Join Tato and her family as they help Bábo (grandmother) on rug-washing day in this sweet and playful picture book tribute to Armenian cultural traditions. A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection that has earned starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly, “Bábo” was selected as one of the New York Public Library’s 2023 Best Books for Kids. Available at: Bookshop.org, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Penguin Random House, and Abril Books. Learn more here.
  • What is it like to walk away from your home? To leave behind everything and everyone you’ve ever known? Poetic, sensitive, and based on a true family history, “Lost Words” follows a young Armenian boy from the day he sets out to find refuge to the day he finally finds the courage to share his story. Preorder at: Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Learn more here.
  • Wry, tender, and formally innovative, Armen Davoudian’s forthcoming debut poetry collection, “The Palace of Forty Pillars,” tells the story of a self estranged from the world around him as a gay adolescent, an Armenian in Iran, and an immigrant in America. Preorder at: Tin House, Powell’s, Bookshop, and Amazon. Learn more here.
  • Winner of the 2023 Raz-Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry,”Jagadakeer: Apology to the Body” builds a eulogy in poems, claiming loss, the body’s failure, often interrupted with monologues and rants. The voice is that of a daughter of immigrant parents from Lebanon and Syria, of Armenian descent, now gone. Preorder at: Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.